Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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WILLMAR - Schools throughout the area have cancelled classes as a winter storm moves into the area this morning. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Kandiyohi and neighboring counties as a wintry mix of sleet and rain coats roads. The precipitation will be turning into snow around 10 a.m. The Weather Service is forecasting accumulations of 5 to 7 inches, with ice accumulations of a light glaze.
MONTEVIDEO - Koreen Drexler Thompson isn't looking to change the world. She wants only to provide children with an education that can help them become the thoughtful, committed citizens who can. She opened the Wildwood Montessori School in Montevideo just over two years ago. It serves preschool-age children from four families. She is currently fundraising to expand it to include more and older children. "It's very purposeful,'' said Drexler Thompson of the Montessori education model. "Every material has a specific purpose.''
OLIVIA — Twenty years after a $2.2 million project to upgrade and reroute Renville County Ditch 66, an estimated $704,000 worth of new repairs are needed to it. The Renville County Board of Commissioners, acting as the ditch authority, approved a motion for ISG of Mankato to prepare bid specifications for the repairs. The action followed a public hearing Tuesday at which landowners in the drainage area between Bird Island and Olivia voiced their support for a repair project, rather than a less costly cleaning project.
OLIVIA — Fifty cents buys you a cup of coffee and a seat at the roundtable in Olivia Drug, where the issues of the day have been the source of steady banter since the early 1990s. "I think Washington could learn a few things if they came here and listened. They could solve a few problems,'' said Gary Lohmeyer, who along with his wife, Jane, have made this all possible in Olivia.
WILLMAR — Authorities have seized a second cache of explosive devices, machine guns, sawed-off shotguns and other weapons they allege belong to former businessman Chad Lee Monson, 47, of Willmar. Handcuffed and shackled and wearing Kandiyohi County Jail clothing, Monson appeared Monday in Willmar before District Judge Stephanie Beckman to face 16 new charges, 15 of them felonies, for the arsenal authorities seized Feb. 21 from a large shed on property he used for his excavating business.
WILLMAR — For those who think that walleye are the star of the show when the Willmar Lakes Area hosts the 2018 Governor's Fishing Opener, try again. It's really an opportunity to showcase all of the attractions the area offers, and let people know why this is a great place to visit or call home.
WILLMAR — Two rounds of snow in the last few days have provided what the past three months of winter could not: Enough snow for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Both Sibley State Park and the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center opened their cross country ski trails for the first time this winter, thanks to the snow that fell Thursday and Friday and again on Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, Willmar officially recorded 4.5 inches of snow Saturday, falling atop 6.4 inches of snow that came Thursday and Friday.
RENVILLE — It doesn't matter whether she's grubbing around in farm fields or road ditches, or peering from the relative comfort of a tractor cab. The information that Jodi DeJong-Hughes of the University of Minnesota Extension collects for her research shows both economic and environmental benefits to reduced tillage practices.
WILLMAR - A winter storm that arrived Thursday afternoon and continued into the early morning hours Friday delivered 4 to 8 inches of snow across west central Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. The snow that began falling Thursday represents round one. A winter storm watch is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday night for the region. Round two brings the possibility of 6 to 9 inches of new snow in a narrow swath that could include west central Minnesota.
MONTEVIDEO — Employees of the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital represented by the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Minnesota overwhelmingly voted to remain part of the bargaining unit. In a decertification vote held Tuesday, the employees voted 54 to 19 in favor of maintaining the union representation and their membership, according to information from the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. The vote for decertification had been requested by some of the union members.